Robin Darden Thomas
1954 - 2020
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Age 66, born April 18, 1954, Robin passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2020 surrounded physically and virtually by her family. Eldest child of the late Robert A. and Janet June Darden, Robin is survived by siblings Barbara Deering (Jim), William Darden (Rose), Susan Darden Kautz (John), and Robert J. Darden; children Tracy Thomas, Devin Thomas, Cory Thomas, and Kyle Thomas; grandchildren Alex (Davis) and Riley Thomas; 22 nieces and nephews and many more greats. Robin was in the very first graduating class of The Glen Oak School in Gates Mills, Ohio (1972). She then went on to University of Virginia where she graduated with a Masters of Education in Special Education and Teaching and, subsequently, obtained a Master's in Business Administration and Management from Cleveland State University. Robin was an exemplary public servant, serving Cuyahoga County for over 28 years in various capacities including Director of Operations (Auditor's Office), Chief Deputy Treasurer, and Interim County Treasurer. For the past nine years, she served Cleveland's Thriving Communities Institute as the Land Bank Program Director. Robin was a dedicated mother and grandmother and was cherished by all who knew her. She loved to travel and her destinations were vast including Japan, Thailand, Italy, Scotland, Alaska and Hawaii. Throughout her travels, she was always on the lookout for local artwork and collectible turtles. Her favorite vacation spot was Sanibel Island, Florida where she had many cherished beach walks collecting seashells. Robin was an avid reader, loved growing orchids, supported local arts and crafts festivals and the Cleveland Playhouse Theater community. She was also an advocate for civil rights and the LGBTQ community. The family will celebrate Robin's life and share her impact on this world at a celebration of life later this year. Details will be disseminated by the family, when available, through social media. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made, in Robin's memory, to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, 3850 Chagrin River Rd., Moreland Hills, OH 44022. Robin was passionate about the mission of the Land Conservancy so memorializing her tremendous contributions to NE Ohio with a gift will make a lasting tribute.

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Published in The Plain Dealer from Jun. 7 to Jun. 14, 2020.
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June 18, 2020
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Kristin Perry
June 14, 2020
Robin was quite a special lady & I know she loved her blessed children so very much! May her family & friends be filled w/joyful memories; as we all need to value each & every day. My deepest sympathy. Sharon Thomas
Sharon Thomas
Friend
June 12, 2020
Sending my prayers to all Robin's family . My your happy memories of your times together bring you comfort.
Diane Coon
June 8, 2020
Losing my sister is beyond overwhelming. She was a confidant, mentor, surrogate "grandma" to my kids, and an awesome big sister. Not sure how to do life without her.
Susan Darden Kautz
Sister
June 8, 2020
My deepest condolences to Robin's loved ones. I worked with Robin at WRLC. Though our roles weren't very closely aligned, I always appreciated Robin's willingness to help me figure things out whenever I came to her with questions. I admired her frequent traveling and enjoyed hearing about the fun times she had with her friends, and was always very touched by the overflowing love and pride for her family. She'd bring pastries to staff meetings (and was even intentional about getting the ones that colleagues said were their favorites) and she generously hosted a lovely holiday gift exchange for our staff one year that I truly enjoyed. I'm grateful to have known Robin. To her family and friends ~ I wish you all of the time, space, and support that you need to grieve during this heavy-hearted time.
Kirby B.
Coworker
June 8, 2020
Robin is (I prefer to use active tense) an exceptional person who found the balance between joyful optimism and grounded practicality. She had a deep impact on me in the time that I was with Western Reserve Land Conservancy, for five years right after retiring from Cle Council. I'm sure that I drove her crazy with my scattered approach to getting things done. I always referred to her as our "den mother" at WRLC. My deepest sympathy to her wonderful children, grand children and family. Her spirit will last within all of us!
Jay Westbrook
Coworker
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